So long, sweet summer

The calendar says it’s fall but it was 90 degrees outside today and my kids swam in the pool.

It’s hot, humid, the leaves are all on the trees, but it does feel like fall in one very key way: we’ve been sick for the past five weeks.

This is Thomas doing jumping jacks to prove to me that he’s not sick.

Thomas had a serious fever-craving for cheddar and sour cream chips, and begged me to take him to Lowe’s to get some. I said no, because he was sick. (And also because, Lowe’s? For chips? I’m sorry, is this a Bob the Builder episode I missed?)

To prove to me that he was NOT sick, he told me he was going to do jumping jacks.

“Mommy,” he said after sliding off the couch on to the floor. “This is haaaard.”

Since the very whiff of kindergarten orientation entered my home, we’ve had three bouts of the stomach bug, a 4-day fever, a 5-day fever, a 3-day fever, strep throat, croup, an ear infection, a case of laryngitis, and one very, very stuffy nose. What is going on?!?!? WE TAKE PROBIOTICS!

The optimistic side of me is hoping that maybe we’re just getting it all out of the way early. We’ll start the school year with a bang and then sail through the winter months.

The pessimistic, realistic side of me says we’re just getting started.  We have too many immune systems to manage. Maybe we should just homeschool our kids in the mountains. But then with our luck we’d probably end up with scurvy.



  1. Gayle Ann October 10, 2018

    Saying prayers that you also survive Michael. The news seems to indicate that you are in its path as it moves north.

    And, we have 6 more weeks of hurricane season.

    • amandakrieger October 10, 2018

      Thank you! I think Michael is going to bring a little rain and some fall temps, but hopefully nothing major to my area!

      • Gayle Ann October 11, 2018

        I have the news on as I type, and it appears that you are being hit as I type. Tomorrow, we will experience the worst of it. We already have the food alerts. But, it in no way compares to the pictures on the news.

        Hope you escape with nothing more than some yardwork.

        6 more weeks of hurricane season.

        Gayle Ann

  2. Lynsie October 11, 2018

    I know right!?!?! First weekend after school started in August I had a kid puking and we have gotten sick multiple times. Last year was our first year in public school and we made it until like Thanksgiving before anyone missed a day. Six immune systems is just a lot!

    • Amanda Krieger October 11, 2018

      six immune systems! what were we thinking!?
      my best friend has 7 kids and she told me that there are years that seem to be “sick” years, and years that aren’t so bad. like, it goes in phases. I feel like we’re heading toward a sick year! 🙁

  3. Gayle Ann October 11, 2018

    I always get a flue shot, but this year, I was at the doctor in AUGUST, and she insisted on giving it to me then. We’ve also had a series of local news stories, and commercials, indicating it will be a bad year.

    I had it for the first time last year. It lasted 3 weeks. I have other issues that weaken my immune system. I took the Tamiflu. Of course, my husband also contracted. He was sick a week. We were both told it would have been worse without the vaccine.

    When I was a kid, I had a book of “Happiness is ….” sayings. One page showed Charlie Brown and Snoopy on the couch, snuggled in blankets watching television. “Happiness is being too sick to go to school, but not too sick to watch TV.” That saying has become my bar for measuring sickness.

    Gayle Ann


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